Taken from IMDB: Engineers Richard McAllan and Frederick Robinson manage to get financial backing for a gigantic project to build a tunnel from England to America. His biggest supporter is Varlia Lloyd, daughter of one of the backers, and she uses her influence more than once to keep the project going. Mack's wife Ruth is also supportive, although his constantly being away on the tunnel project strains their marriage, and affects his relationship with their son. After years of financial skulduggery and physical obstacles under the ocean floor, the tunnel proceeds as Mack's marriage and his friendship with Robbie deteriorate.
January 3, 2019 Subject:
Surprisingly forward thinking future ideas in the fil. Much of what you might of invented In the
50's or 60's. Clever in a lot of ways. A good watch on a rainy afternoon. I will give a generous score. But reflective of it's quality.
March 27, 2011 Subject:
A Geo View
In at at least 4 places in the film "...for the English speaking people of the world..." is uttered triumphantly! This is remarkable due to the time (1935) and the rising tide of global aspirations. We are shown a capitalist, class society that thinks little of the deaths of the worker ( a mention in the middle of the film). But the blindness of the wife, then subsequent death of the son is given almost a third of the film. A film that might almost be as controversial as "Birth of A Nation"! The main character is so determined to resume work that he misleads the workers into returning by declaring it safe! Given nuclear drills (radium) it's probably best they are going underground with the bulk of all English Speaking commerce and transport!
March 27, 2011 Subject:
Seminal science fiction, a three hankie weepie
Yes, it's both.
The title says it all, a transatlantic tunnel enabled by the invention of the radium drill, undersea railways, teleconferencing from airplanes, mysterious illnesses, financial manipulations, and all the rest. It's quite a plot. You've probably seen it all before, but they probably did it here first.
In addition to being a rather nifty science fiction tale with some boardroom intrigue, it's also a real weepie. I won't give too much away here, but the producers wanted to cover all the bases and a couple of soccer goals besides. Let's face it, you can be the man who built the transatlantic tunnel without sacrificing something from your personal life, and I'll say no more than that the sacrifices abound.
OK, I liked this one. It's a real historical artifact and still great entertainment.